Oases of Tranquility

I had to take my car into the garage in town for some work yesterday and whilst there decided to visit my three favourite places – each one an oasis of  tranquility.

First oasis: the river where I photographed these trunks and branches. It was a bright sunny morning with blue skies and big fluffy clouds which were reflected in the water, however I liked these darker blues created by the overhanging trees.

Second oasis: a very small indie bookshop which is a delight to be in. So many captivating titles for very little cost. It has the feel of a library, with people quietly scanning the shelves – an odd squeal of delight being heard occasionally when a longed-for book is found (that’s usually me!).

Third oasis: a wonderful two-floored health food shop which has a small cafe section. There is a real peaceful and relaxing ambience in this very large place. It begins with the staff, I think, who seem to go about their work with a quiet, confident, competent attitude. I always choose one of the high bistro chairs by the window so I can quietly watch the world go by. I always feel replenished – not only by the wholesome food and excellent coffee – but by the general atmosphere of the place: wonderful!

33 thoughts on “Oases of Tranquility

  1. Wow…seems like we have similar tastes in oases, too! What a wonderful morning…and time well-spent while waiting for your car. Very nice picture, too. 😉


  2. Really like this image… there’s almost something mystical about it… like another world lays beneath it. Maybe you could step into it…


    1. Thank you Gary. I’m rather inhibited using the camera with lots of people around! I did want to photograph the canopy outside the cafe – it would have made an interesting abstract as I viewed it from inside – but I felt uncomfortable with the idea of pointing the camera out towards the people walking by! I’m not a natural for street photography or portraits!


      1. Have you tried shooting “from the hip?” It’s sometimes very rewarding to program the camera settings in advance, switch to manual focus, and wait, putting the camera in a non-obvious position but with a remote release or a casual finger on the shutter. I’ve gotten many a good candid shot by not “obviously” making a photograph. It’s really worth a try, once in a while!


  3. Now that sounds like a great way to spend the day…even if the car was in for repairs! I couldn’t figure what the images was until after reading your post. Love the photo!!!


  4. I will bet you look forward to taking your car to the garage! It sounds like a nice day. Nice photo, now that you explained it. I thought it might be oil on water.


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